The Purdue North Central baseball team was defeated 7-5 Saturday afternoon to the PNC Baseball Alumni team. The varsity team now owns a 5-1 advantage since the inaugural game played back in 2005.
The Alumni jumped out to 6-1 lead through six innings of play before the Varsity rallied back and had the tying runs on base in the ninth inning before falling. The Alumni scored one run in the second inning, one in the third, two in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the eighth. The Varsity scored one in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Despite striking out 12 times and managing just seven singles, the Alumni took advantage of 10 walks, two hit batters and two timely errors from the Varsity.
For the Alumni, Blake Ebner (class of 2006) was the only player with two hits and added two RBI. Other players who added hits were current professional player and former First Team All-American Chris Schultz (2009), former professional player and two-time All-Conference performer Steve Georgion (2007), former Honorable Mention All-American Chris Stocker (2008) and former standouts Josh Earegood (2007) and Casey Young (2009).
Schultz, Georgion and Earegood added two walks while Stocker added a walk and hit-by-pitch. Mike Zolper (2009) added three walks for the Alumni.
The Varsity collected 10 hits and was led by senior Ryan Frost and sophomore Tyson Blattner with two apiece. Junior Nate Hall reached twice on a hit and a hit-by-pitch.
The losing pitcher was junior Shane Prance while the winning pitcher was Young. The Alumni did not allow a walk in the entire contest. Pitchers for the Alumni included starter Tony Robb (2006), Young, Ryan Curless (2009), Kevin Scott (2010), Jon Charlson (2009) and Tom Albano (2009).
The former combination of Charlson and Albano were lights out once again as Albano, PNC's all-time wins and saves leader, came on in the ninth to earn the save while Charlson picked up the hold with a scoreless eighth.
The Alumni were coached by former PNC baseball and basketball coach and PNC Hall of Famer Larry Blake. He was assisted by his son and fellow Hall of Famer Larry Blake jr.
The Varsity end their fall season with the Black/Gold Fall Ball Classic next week after Fall Break.